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. that is where local media say pope benedict xvi has announced he will resign. we are hearing he will step down on the 28th of february. he was elected pope as the age of 78. we will be getting more information on this breaking news story in just a couple of minutes right here on al jazeera. stay tuned. it just a reminder, we are hearing from the vatican that pope benedict xvi has resigned. let's find out more and bring in sabine joining us on the telephone from italy. what more could you tell us on this announcement the pope will be resigning february 28? >> it appears the pope made the announcement himself but the information is very, very sketchy. of course, this is really big news. having a poker resign is something we have not seen for hundreds and hundreds of years. it appears the pope gave the announcement in latin. that is all we have a moment. we are obviously going to be following this story very closely indeed to see how things develop. >> i understand information just coming in, and very scarce at the moment. but any idea as to why he is going to resign? and why he has made this ann
>> welcome to "the journal." pulp benedict xvi will resign at the end of february -- pope benedict will resign. this makes him the first pontiff in 600 years to step down. it is meant to be a job for life, but pope benedict xvi says he is stepping down at the end of the month. a huge shock for the catholic church and its 1 billion followers. >> the 85-year-old german is resigning because of a progressive decline in land his health and not because of an illness. the new pope will have to be elected. the vatican says that will happen before the end of march. >> it was the moment that will go down in history, a moment even his closest aides were not prepared for. benedict was presiding over a meeting ever cardinals called to discuss business, instead he announced he will become the first pope in six centuries to resign. >> in order to steer the ship of st. peter and proclaim the gospel, both strength of body and mind are necessary. that strength has deteriorated in meat so that i have noticed the adequacy of my inability to fill that entrusted to me. >> the head of the college of card
and frail, pope benedict announces that he will resign at the end of this month. >> you are joking. the pope? oh, my god. >> who will lead the catholic church next and what continent will he come from? we wait for the white smoke to rebuild the succession. with the economy at the forefront, what should we be listening for? we asked one of the top leaders. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. joseph is 85 years old and his health is failing. in any other profession, at his resignation would come at no surprise at all. it's as the leader of the catholic church, it is no surprise at all. pope benedict xvi announced that he will resign at the end of february. he is the first pope to do so in 600 years. >> it was during a routine meeting with vatican card bills that pope benedict did something that no pontiff had done in nearly 600 years. he announced his resignation and stunned his audience. he said that i have come to the certainty that my strengths, in due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate execution of saint peter's ministry. pope b
is pouring in from around the globe as the head of the catholic church pope benedict, plans to step down. the first time a pope has resigned in self new jersey. >> a gunman opening fire inside a courthouse in delware. his estranged wife may be among the dead. a manhunt for an ex-cop accused of targeting police and their families. now the los angeles police have offered a seven-figure reward to information leading to his capture. all ahead, unless breaking news changes everything, on "studio b." >> first from fox's 3:00, bombshell ai knowns. which the world has not seen since 1415. pope benedict xvi saying he is stepping down. a move that took even his closest advisers by surprise and sets the stage for a new era in the catholic church and its bun billion catholics around the world. the 85-year-old pontiff says he doesn't have the strength to continue his duties in the church and will step down at the opened the month. his -- some cardinals not understanding what he said. we're seeing the same reaction from catholics all over the world, including here in the united states, the new york ar
from the vatican today. pope benedict xvi says he is stepping down at the end of the month. catholics around the world are wondering who will replace him. we now get the latest information from anna at the vatican. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi delivered the surprising message in a speech to cardinals at the vatican this morning. the 85-year-old pontiff said he will step down february 28th, because he is simply too old to carry on. the leered of more than a billion roman catholics said carrying out his duties requires quote both strength of mind and body. the news stunned the church leaders around the world. >> i have to be honest, i'm as shocked and startled as all of you. >> reporter: it is the first time a pope has resigned in nearly 600 years. on the streets of europe, some people refused to believe it. he says it can't be true, it would be too huge for the church for something like this to happen. a vatican spokesman said the pope deserves respect for making such a personal and courageous decision to quit. the pope's resignation sets the stage for a new papal election. vatican o
benedict xvi feels it is better to hand it over to someone, given the size of the job at how much response ability it is. >> let's turn to the bbc's tom burridge for madrid. the reaction there. >> no official reaction yet but we did get through to a priest in the local parish in madrid that expressed the surprise, a complete shock, i guess, over the decision saying he has not spoken to any colleagues, friends and religious circles who has heard any rumors that the pope was thinking of stepping down. this is a country pope benedict xv has visited three times and collected. 2006, he went to valencia. 2010, santiago and in barcelona. and then the following year he came to the capital, madrid. he was quite critical, interestingly, in the visit to barcelona. the policies toward the church -- prime minister zapatero. he legalized gay marriage and relaxed abortion laws and the pope on that is a call on europe's catholics to renew the faith and fought the aggressive secularism of the spanish government. pope benedict put a lot of importance on spain because spain -- a good relationship. yes, it la
. >> reporter: pope benedict 16 says he will be quitting february 28, less than 8 years into his papacy. he said his strength has deteriorated the last couple months and he noted a lack of strength to fulfill his mission. the senior sa senior advisor sae noticed the pope slowing down. we watched pope john paul ii suffer through the last few years of his papacy. maybe he wanted to avoid that. the former cardinal joseph ratzinger was touched by the charges of child abuse in the catholic church. bill: what happens next on the dates that are aren't? >> reporter: he's leaving february 28, 8:00 p.m. local time in rome. that leaves that very important vacancy and sets up a conclave of cardinals. vatican says by mid-march at the latest. vatican says we should have a new pope by esther sunday march 31. pope benedict will not take part in the conclave. usually a conclave happens after a pope dies. 1415 was the last time a pope quit in office. who is the next pope? he could come from developing areas of the world. it guarantees a lot of drama and a lot of black or white smoke coming from the roof is sistin
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: pope benedict xvi will step down at the end of february, becoming the first pontiff to resign in 600 years. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> suarez: and i'm ray suarez. on the newshour tonight, we have the latest on the surprise announcement, and we assess benedict's legacy and the challenges ahead for the catholic church. >> woodruff: then we get an update on the search for the fugitive police officer wanted for murder from los angeles mayor antonio villaraigosa. >> suarez: elizabeth brackett of wttw-chicago has the story of a dramatic drop in the water level of lake michigan, endangering the economies of towns along the shore. >> if i had been walking along this beach in 1984, the water would have been almost a foot over my head. >> woodruff: on the daily download, christina bellantoni examines what it means to "like" someone-- or something-- on facebook. >> suarez: and jeffrey brown talks with novelist brad meltzer about his new book, writing thrillers, and his research into presidential assassins. >> if you lo
done at. pope benedict xvi said it 16 years ago. if he does not have the strength to go on to perform his duties he should step down. something that no one has considered in modern times. >> the pope today has to conduct hundreds if not thousands of audiences, meetings, encounters every year. it takes a tremendous physical toll. >> pope benedict xvi has always been a low-key person. he will retire to spiritual life is not a monastery for the rest of his life while someone else will take his place. >> the archbishop called the man a -- the pope and a man of prayer. many were shocked and surprised by the announcement. barry simms is live in baltimore with reaction. >> he was with the pope's seven weeks and said after hearing the news, he decided to offer prayers for the church, the pope, and he also asked the faithful to the same. -- to do the same. >> many are finding it hard to believe that they respect his decision to step down. >> i applaud him for the decision. to make the decision you can no longer make -- do the job you're elected to do. >> maybe he is feeling sick or he needs so
today it had not seen since the 15th century: a sitting pope, benedict xvi, announced he is giving up the papacy. the news reverberated around the globe and stunned many of the world's 1.2 billion catholics. >> it was a big surprise because this doesn't happen all the time. and my first reaction was to pray and to call my friends, texted my friends and asked even my non-catholic and nonbelieving friends to keep us in their thoughts and in their prayers. >> i had never heard anything like this in my life. the pope has to be there until he dies. and he is resigning? >> popes can't resign. this hasn't happened in 600 years. a pope can't resign. this news isn't right. >> suarez: a pope abdicated in 1294 but the last pontiff to do so was gregory 12th in 1415. pope benedict's decision at age 85 came in an announcement made in latin during a meeting of cardinals at the vatican. >> dear brothers, i have called you not only for the three can onizations but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the church. after having repeatedly examined my conscience before
that pope benedict will resign on february 28th. the vatican confirming this information. he made a statement in latin during a small event saying that he does not have the strength anymore. the vatican did not offer any more explanation but once again this breaking news out of vatican city that pope benedict will resign as of february 28th. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. >>> thank you, angie. president obama will honor a hero from the war in afghanistan. he'll award this man the medal of honor. he and his fellow soldiers battled hundreds of taliban fighters for more than 12 hours in 2009. eight americans died. romesha will be the only third living member to receive the medal of honor. >>> authorities in california are preparing for another day of searching for a suspected killer. police in los angeles are offering $1 million for information on christopher dorner, an ex-police officer accused of murdering three people. officers surrounding a home improvement store yesterday after someone reported seeing dorner there. investigators believe he's targeting other lapd officers
benedict will resign in two weeks from now saying his health is the reason. >> good morning, i am kristen sze. >> pope benedict was elected in 2005 at the age of 78, the oldest pope chosen in 300 years. he plans to spend the rest of his life living in a monastery in a life of prayer. we have team coverage with abc7 news reporter filled with local reaction and our reporter is joining us live from washington, dc, with the latest. karen? >> good afternoon. the news was a surprise to the pope's closest aides but officials say they noticed he had grown weaker. the first pope to resign in 600 years but pope benedict says he made the decision freely. >> it was a stunning announcement. delivered in latin. at the end of a meeting of cardinals in rome. pope benedict xvi will step down at the end of the month for health reasons. the 85-year-old said the strength deteriorateed "to the extent i have to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry." >> he feels he carried the cross to the point he can and is calm and said now i will pass it on. >> for the 1 billion catholics around the wo
. >>> we do have breaking news this morning. shocking news, really. pope benedict xvi isresigning. a spokesman will not reveal way. fatigue and possibly declining health over the past year, but, again, no reason has been given. he became pope in 2005. you will remember, he had been joseph rat singer, cardinal, a major figure at the vatican for years before he became pope benedict. german born. been pope for nearly eight years. nearly eight years and this is just a major, major bit of news this morning. coming out of the vatican, again, cnn confirming the pope will step down on february 28th, which is just a little over two weeks from today. >> and no clear reason. we're trying to get more details to share those with you. this is shocking. this is shocking, absolutely shocking. we'll continue to watch the developments for you, folks. 6:00. the painstaking cleanup getting under way after a violent tornado ripped through mississippi tearing apart homes, businesses and even causing damage to a university campus. a storm chaser occasi e er -- l. capture these images. this is 100 miles
and makes us new." just ahead, benedict's health, his replacement, and what's next for the catholic church. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining me. i'm carol costello. we begin with a bombshell greeting 1 billion catholics around the world. their spiritual leader, pope benedict xvi stepping down at the end of the month. we're bringing you all the angles of this developing story. joining me now for this hour's special coverage, chris cuomo, he's in new york. >> good morning, carol. great to joining here. >>> shocking news because this simply hasn't been done. it's been almost 600 years since a pope resigned. it was gregory xii. it was to end the civil war. the question becomes why is pope benedict doing this now? we're going to get reaction first because no one saw this coming, certainly in this country. let's start off our coverage with deb feyerick in st. patrick's cathedral in new york city, the center of the american catholic tradition here. deb, what are you hearing this morning? what a shocker. >> reporter: it's fascinating because the resignation to
>> pelley: tonight, the announcement no one on earth saw coming. pope benedict xvi becomes the first pope in six centuries to resign. allen pizzey in vatican city with what happens now. mark phillips on who might be next. tensions are high after reported sightings of the most wanted man in california. bill whitaker reports on the dragnet. we now know what a massive tornado left behind in mississippi -- >> that is big! >> pelley: while in new england they're counting the losses from the record blizzard. and cliff romesha receives the medal of honor. he tells david martin how he earned the highest award for valor. >> reporter: the citation says there were 400 enemy soldiers. >> and we had 52 great americans. didn't seem fair to them. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. when the news got out today, catholics all over the world were asking whether they had heard correctly. something that just doesn't happen just did: a pope resigned. pope benedict xvi, 85 years old and frail, told a meeting of cardinals today he
for just another money for 1.2 billion catholics across the globe. pope benedict xvi stunned virtually everyone announcing he will step down at the end of the month. in the catholic church, that sets off an elaborate and spiritual effort to fill one of the most prestigious jobs in the world. senior foreign affairs correspondent amy kellogg begins our coverage from rome. >> reporter: even to many insiders the announcement came at a shock. pope benedict said he no longer has the strength to lead the roman catholic church as it needs to be guided and he will step down on february 28. >> he is loved for the church such that he has concluded it will be better not to try to lead the huge flock. without the full strength. we pray for him. we pray for the church. >> i have always admired him as a scholar and priest and holy man. now the admiration for him is higher because of the humility. >> cardinal was the oldest to be chosen as pope. he had a tough act to follow in the wake of global adoration enjoyed by his predecessor, pope john paul ii. he rose to the occasion, travelling abroad, two do
>>> breaking news we have been telling you about. pope benedict xvi resigning february 28th. he is citing ill health. and uncertainty what that ill health will be. we're trying to get more details. unprecedented. >> hasn't happened in 600 years. so many questions. so much now that needs to happen with electing the new pope. we'll bring you the information coming up on "starting point" a few seconds from now. that's "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm sfwlor azoraida sambolin. "starting point" with soledad o'brien starts right now. >>> we begin with breaking news. pope benedict xvi resigning. age and fatigue are the reasons behind his resignation. here is what the statement reads in part "both strength of mind and body are necessary. strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." this tweet came from the pope's account 23 hours ago. we must trust in the mitty power of god's mercy. we are all sinners, but his grace transforms us and makes us new. this woul
in modern times think resignation is acceptable or not. pope benedict said, in fact, made it very clear that being able to resign was acceptable and made this part of the statement released from the vatican, both strength of mind and body is necessary, and lots of questions, of course. we know the date he would be stepping down, which would be february 28th. many questions about why now? mep notice that the pope is much more frail in recent months, and the question would be unbelie unbelievably unusual. let's go to nic robertson joining us by phone. nic, lots of questions. nic live in london this morning. a bit of a stunner. was there any indication that this resignation was coming? >> absolutely none whatsoever, and the last few months, the pope started a twitter account, not what you expect the pope to do when he would say his pope is deteriorating. the pope has looked deep into his conscience, this is a personal and profound decision that he has made with god in light of the responsibilities he has. and the other thing we heard from the papal spokesperson, which is interesting, becau
. >> we will have continuing coverage on the resolution i nation of pope benedict and check in the next half hour for an update and look at his rise in the catholic church with the newest information at abc7news.com. before you get out the door for work or off to school we will need to check on the weather forecast. >> leave the umbrella at home. that is the problem. mike? >> it is a problem. we starting off the year from january 1 to yesterday most of us it is the dryest it has ever been. the one area that is seeing the most rain is livermore and downtown san francisco where it is the third and 5th driest start ever to a year. we need the rain. nothing out there good for the commute. we will talk about the forecast. we have cool spots around bay at 340 to 45 in san francisco at 7:00, and mild during the lunch hour, and 50 to 54 and temperatures are close to average with sunshine, and upper 50's to low 60's at 4:00 and fall back in the low 50's. frost inland, and around 50 to 55 at noon and 58 to 62 with sunshine this afternoon and temperatures are close to average. headed to the coast
, breaking news. pope benedict is abdicating, something a pope has not done in over 700 years of the the vatican saying this has nothing to do with outside pressures. [ speaking foreign language ] >> as you hear there, the pope speaking in latin to a meeting of vatican cardinals saying he will step down effective as the leader of the world's -- the 85-year-old pontiff saying his strength is no longer adequate. this news took fearly everyone by surprise, including the archbishop of new york, cardinal dolan. >> i'm as startled as the rest of you and anxious to find out exactly what's going on. >>> other reactions italy's prime minister saying he's greatly shaken by the unexpected news. >>> and british prime minister david cameron said he will be missed as a spiritual leader for millions. >>> and from angela merkel -- he had to make a difficult decision. just some of the reaction that's coming in today. joining mess is rome bureau chief claudio lavagna, and george weigel from washington. claudio, i want to start with you. we have part of the pope's statement. in it he said that b
, encounters every year. it takes a tremendous physical toll. >> reporter: pope benedict xiv has just said i had enough of this. he's also been kind of a low-key person, who just wanted to retire into a spiritual life. that's exactly what he will do now. he will retire to spiritual life into a monastery in the vatican for the rest of his life, while somebody else will take his place. >>> president obama reacted with this statement today. he said -- on behalf of americans everywhere, michelle and i wish to extend our precious and prayers to his holyness pope benedict xiv. michelle and i warmly remember our meeting with the holy father in 2009 and i've appreciated our work together over the last four years. the church plays a critical role in the united states and the world, an i wish the best to those who will soon gather to his pope benedict xiv's successor. >>> d.c.'s catholic community is also reacting to the surprising announcement. news4's tony tull talked with the archbishop of washington and church-goers about the pope's decision to step down. >> pope benedict xiv to resign. >>> not th
hopes there will be someone new by the end of march. >> pope benedict will go to a summer retreat after he resigns and then he will move to a monostair where he will dedicate the remainder of his life to prayer. >>> 80 million americans call themselves catholic, but their numbers have been dwindling. some were proud of his decision, others were furious that he didn't do more about child sex abuse by priest. bruce, what did you find? >> among survivors of child sex abuse, there is a sense that pope benedict could have done far more, but among many of the faithful, there is a pride in pope benedict and he remains really quite popular, even though he succeeded the wildly popular, john paul. >> it's very startling. unprepared for. >> cardinal whirl was with the pope in october and had no sign that the pontiff was struggling with his duty. >> he was in full possession. >> part of the conclave that will select the next pope. and he says he will be looking for continuity with the conservative teachings of benedict and john paul. >> there's a basic doctrine that is bedrock or catholic fai
benedict xvi says he is resigning and is the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. we'll tell you why this comes as a surprise. well, well, well. growing up, we didn't have u-verse. we couldn't record four shows at the same time. in my day, you were lucky if you could record two shows. and if mom was recording her dumb show and dad was recording his dumb show then, by george, that's all we watched. and we liked it! today's kids got it so good. [ male announcer ] get u-verse tv for just $19 a month for 1 year when you bundle tv and internet. rethink possible. >> [ pope speaking latin ] >> stunning news from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning. >> it's the first time a pope has resigned in nearly 600 years. >> his health. the last pope to freely resign was in the 13th century. ♪ [ music ]♪ >> stars and surprises on music's biggest night of the year. >> no bare breasts, no thongs, no see-through clothing but apparently, not everyone got the memo. >> as you can see, i read the memo. >> more than 200,000 people are still without power in the northe
the vatican. why did pope benedict really say he is stepping down? and what does it mean for a billion catholics around the world? >>> in ruins. a tornado roaring up the street. electrical wires dangling. the massive cleanup tonight in one american town. >>> rescue. thousands of people stranded on a vacation cruise ship, cut off from the world. and the lifeboat on the way to try to help them tonight. >>> and honor and valor. the emotional ceremony for a heroic soldier. the lesson he teaches about the american spirit. and an unlikely little star in a suit and tie. >>> good evening on this monday night. a centuries old tradition has been shattered by a surprise. pope benedict, chosen to be pope for life, today announced he will resign, citing his failing strength and health. and the toll of his seven years, nine months and 24 days as pope etched on his face. there he was, as we saw him on day one. and now, much thinner, frailer. this is unchartered territory for 1 billion catholics around the world. no pope has resigned in 598 years. and it's happening just 48 hours before the holy seaso
benedict xvi says he'll resign at the end of this month after only eight years as leader of the world's 1 billion roman catholics. he says it's because of his age and his health. and now the question being asked around the world, who will be the next pope? we're watching what's going on. we have several correspondents in rome. pope benedict's papacy has been marked by serious controversies, especially the sex abuse scandal and his prior role as the church's lead investigator personally handling every single case that made its way to the vatican. cnn's brian todd is working this part of the story for us. we're going to go to rome in just a few moments, but tell us what's going on. >> reporter: wolf, here at the basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception they were shocked as anyone. this is the spot where it was one the most talked about moments of his visit to the united states almost five years ago. the place where he addressed one of the biggest controversies of his tenure and there was certainly no shortage of those during his papacy. the scrutiny began before he even
. today, stunning news from the vatican. i wonder if god was surprised to learn pope benedict is stepping down. >>> i'm s.e. cupp. millions of americans captivated by the search of a successor. the picking a new pontiff. >>> i'm steve kornacki. president obama has tossed out the old olive branch. coming up, a man who himself helped write four state of the union addresses explains who us how it takes shape. >>> i'm krysa tal. should the president go big by thinking small? it's monday and you're in "the cycle." >>> after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the petrine ministry and the pope abdicated with only eight years on st. peter's throne shocking the 1 billion catholic faithful around the world. the's not a papal abdication in more than 700 years and surprised the close est adviser today. he's a theological conservative with strong positions against homosexuality, women priests and the use of contraceptives. the last day in the vatican is february 28th.
on quicken loans. >>> good morning. it has not happened in more than 700 years, this morning pope benedict xiv announced he will resign, saying he doesn't have the strength to go on. it shocked even new york's cardinal timothy dolan. >> i'm as startled as the roast of you, except for prayer, i don't know what else to do. i'll await instructions like everyone else. >> the 85 years old leader will step aside february 28th. the vatican says they hope to elect a new pope by easters. the pope made the announcement in latin, saying, quote, after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to a certainly that my strengths are not -- the pope's declining health has been an issue. he goes to and from the altar on a moving platform, so he doesn't have to walk down the long aisle. sometimes he using a cane. his brothers says the doctors told hi not to take any more transatlantic trips. >>> he is also an nbc vattian analyst. george, good to see you. you and i are in somewhat frequent contact, as you send out notes about what's going on, but did anybody really see this coming? i no
. the number of priest says an ongoing concern. so i guess my question is what kind of church is pope benedict leaving, and in particular as it relates to the american catholic. >> i think the pope is leaving behind a church in the united states that is in the strongest shape of any developed world. far stronger than western europe, stronger than latin america or canada. another quarter of a million will enter the catholic church this easter. seminaries in chicago, in maryland, at the north american college in rome are more full than they have been in 40 years, so there are real signs of vitality in the church in the united states. i think what we need to recognize, chris, is that this is a hinge moment in history. benedict xvi will be the last pope who attended the second vatican council, a significant theological adviser there. the next pope, whoever he is, will not have attended the second vatican council. so one era in the history of the catholic church and new era, which i describe in a book called evangelical catholicism, is about to open up. >>> people will be talking about it a lot in
>>> on our broadcast tonight, stepping down. the stunning news from the vatican, pope benedict announces he is resigning. the first to step aside in more than 700 years. as 1 billion catholics are left wondering why, what it means for the church, and who might replace him. >>> the fugitive. the ex cop terrorizing southern california. police officers are being protected around the clock. a reward up to $1 million. >>> the big digs, people snowed under and waiting for help. plus a direct hit from a tornado in the south. >>> and a genuine american hero. the incredible story how he saved so many lives, fighting back tears today as he received this nation's highest award for military valor. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. it came out of nowhere. and it stunned the over 1 billion catholics around the world when the pope announced early this morning, our time, he is stepping down, abdicating. this hasn't happened in seven centuries. pope benedict has served during a troubling
of reaction to the announcement of pope benedict xvi that he is resigning. first of all, look at how he -- well, he abdicated rather than resigning. let's see how. he did that during a low-key affair this morning the vatican meeting with cardinals. wasn't a big deal and he said -- his speech made it in latin. not italian or english or a comprehensible language to most people and it was down to somebody from a local press office, local wire agency to actually figure out that he actually said, well look, i'm going to abdicate. even the way that he resigned or -- sorry. abdicated was kind of low key and he did it as he's done the -- as he's leaved his pontificate all along. low key, suited with the personality. so different from john paul ii who was this media savvy loved pope that loved to come out and do big speech and address the big crowds so the pope is kind of going away and stepping aside in a very low key manner as he leaves the whole of his upon tir kate. shocking but not unexpected hinting in the past that a pope is -- if he doesn't feel the strength to carry on, he should resign
. the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years. pope benedict says he's stepping down because of his age and diminishing strength. tara moriarty joins us now from san francisco with more on this mornings stunning announcement. tara. >> reporter: the vatican confirming the pope will resign february 28th. we are here at st. mary's cathedral. it's right across the street from the arch diocese. we should mention pope benedict is the first to step down in nearly 600 years. the 85-year-old announced his decision in latin this morning during a meeting of vatican cardinals. he emphasized carrying out the duties of pope the leader of a billion roman catholics requires stamina. something he is running out of. after repeatedly examing my congress before god i came to my strength and age are no longer suited for the ministry. he went on to say that strength of mind and body are necessary. strength with which in the last few months has deteriorated me to the extent i had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. the last pope to resign was gregory in 1415 he did
. >>> pope benedict xvi shocked the catholic opportunity with a resignation. the pope said he no longer has the strength to do his job and will step down at the end of the month. it is the first paper resignation in 600 years. as for a replacement, right now, there is no clear front runner. >> who among this body has the qualifications, the characteristics, the spiritual gifts to fill that chair? >> the vatican hopes to have a new pope in place by easter. as for pope benedict, he will move into a monostair where he will dedicate the remainder of his life to prayer. pope benedict acknowledged and apologized for the catholic church's priest abuse scandal. but some people, including david lorenze, think more needs to be done. >> i was something. >> at 16. >> by an adult priest. this thing is going to haunt them from now, for another thousand years until they stand up and address it and come clean. >> others say they stand behind and support pope benedict. >> same-sex partners will soon have access to the exact same benefits offered to their heterosexual counterparts. leon panetta signed
priests to marry but critics felt pope benedict xvi was not progressive enough for the changing times, supporters saw a steadfast leader who helped anchor their faith. >> today, this sets the stage for the vatican to find the successor by mid-march. reporting live in washington if abc7 news. >> thank you. stay with abc7 for continuing coverage of the resignation of pope benedict xvi. you can fine the latest information at abc7news.com and we will tweet immediate updates on twitter at abc7 news bay area. >> waking up, again, dry and clear this morning but we want to look at the whole week to see if there is needed rain in the forecast. mike? >> we need some rain. need some snow. do not have it in the forecast. sorry to start off that way this morning but it means an easy week of commuting weather-wise. here is a look at live doppler 7 hd, you can see everything is very quiet, with no radar runs and very dry air. temperatures from the mid-30's inland to the upper 30's to mid-40's around the bay right now. almost as cool as it was yesterday. temperatures will be in the mid-to-upper 50's
. catholic church officials say pope benedict xvi will resign on february 28th, just 17 days from today. at announcement is considered a huge surprise. so far, there is no cheer reason given for the pope's rest you go nation. the headline from the vatican just breaking, pope benedict xvi will resign at the end of the month. >>> senator lindsay graham says he will delay a confirmation vote for cluck hagel and john brennan until he gets more information about a deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. the south carolina republican accused the white house of stone walling his request for more information. hagel is the president's pick to lead the pentagon. brennan is in line for lead the cia. >> i do believe if he had picked up the phone, called the libyan government, these folks could have gotten out of the airport to the annex and the last two guys may very well be alive and if he did call the libyan officials and they sort of blew him off, that will affect whether or not i would give foreign aid in the future to libya. but if he failed to call on behalf of those people under edge,
couldn't do the job, no modern pope had ever done that. pope benedict's decision to step down came as a surprise, shock in new york. >> wow, that's big form. >> reporter: the first for abdicate in 600 years. >> for him to retire like that, you know, to me it's like losing a father. >> reporter: the 85-year-old cited fading health, saying in a statement -- i have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of my ministry. vice president biden is a practicing catholic. >> this is a man of great integrity and looking out for what he believes is the best interests of our church. i admire him for it. >> reporter: benedict used twitter, but had visibly slowed down as the papacy became more demanding, thanks in part to energetic predecessor john paul ii. new york's cardinal timothy dolan on benedict's reaction. >> almost, i don't know if i'm up to this, but with god's grace and mercy i'll give it my best shot, and he's done it well for almost eight years. >> that is a man in the full possession of his physical powers is goin
event. benedict's decision to resign sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope. by mid-march. by any luck, that would mean a po new pope would be in place before easter. ash wednesday begins this week. the most important 40 days in the catholic calendar. >> the most significant spiritual period. let's bring in dan harris. good morning, dan. >> this is rare, historic and a complete surprise to the people around the pope. this morning, in rome, he convened a meeting of top church officials. reading a statement in latin saying that he'll resign effective february 28th at 8:00 p.m. local time. he said in the last few months, that his mind and body, have quote, deteriorated. >> i'm shocked and startled as of all of you. >> reporter: this morning, reaction from new york's cardinal dolan. >> there's a somberness there. there's a sadness there. >> reporter: benedict, who's 85 years old, has been pope since april 2005 who took over for the immensely popular pope john paul ii. his papacy has been marked by controversy. the pope criticized for how he handled the situation in his p
what people are talking about tonight. >> pope benedict xvi makes the surprising news this morning at a meeting with bishops. anna matranga has the latest. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi stunned the public saying he no longer has the strength to do the job. church leaders express their sadness. >> it's like watching your own dad get old and admit that he's not up to all the duties of being the lead of the family involves. >> reporter: postseason benedict became the head of the catholic church in 2005. he tackled the priest abuse scandal apologizes to victims and acknowledging the church's mistake. there's several contenders but no clear front runner. >> who among this body has the qualifications, the characteristics, the spiritual gifts to fill that chair. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi appointed half the cardinals who will choose his successor. anna matranga, wjz news. >> so how are arch arch bishops and catholics responding to this announcement? >> reporter: like many people across the world right now they're very surprised and
church and new pope to be elect ed ined in the concave in the middle of march, and pope benedict resigning and first time in 600 years and enormous story. >> what about you? >> i learned that the last time the pope resigned, mike barnicle was about to get his driver's license. >> 1415 and let me tell you it was hard. >> well, it is like those flintstone cars that mike had to move the feet really fast. >> all right. well, very good, and pitchers and catchers today. this is the day you waited for. >> it looks like it out there. >> it has been a long and cold and lonely winter. >> little darling. we will see what happens. if it is way too early, mike, what time is it? >> well, if it is way too early, it is time for "morning joe" but now it is time for our old pal chuck todd. >> all right. take itway, chuck. >>> big breaking news this morning, pope benedict xvith announces he will step down at the the end of the month citing a lack of strength. the 85-year-old's historic decision makes him the first catholic church leader to leave office in 600 years. we could have a new pope by mid-
>> announcer: news 4 midday starts now. >> a story that caught many by surprise. pope benedict will be stepping down at the end of the month. we'll look at what steps will be take en to replace the pontiff. good morning and welcome to news 4 midday. >> it's monday, february 11, 2013. we begin with the developing story from the vatican. pope benedict xvi announced this morning he'll step down as leader of the catholic church. nothing like this happened before in the modern mechanics of the church. angie, two obvious questions. why and what happens next? >> good morning to you. even with the answers we have people remain in shock over this announcement. he also gave his blessing in finding the next leader of the catholic church. leading the prayer this morning at the vatican, pope benedict xvi told a small group he's leaving at the end of the month. in a statement he says his strength due to his age has deteriorated making him unable to fulfill the demands of the position. the vatican said he's not leaving because of difficulties with the papacy. benedict is the first pontiff to
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